Skydiving seniors die when chutes tangle in Poconos

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July 19, 2010 12:47:06 PM PDT
Authorities in Pennsylvania say a 70-year-old skydiver from New York and a 75-year-old one from New Jersey were killed when their parachutes got tangled.

State police say Theodore Wilson, of New Rochelle, N.Y., and 75-year-old George Flynn, of Colonia, N.J., tumbled about 75 feet to the ground after their open parachutes became entangled Saturday in the Pocono Mountains.

Wilson was pronounced dead Saturday at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg. Flynn had been taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, but the Lehigh County Coroner's Office says he died Sunday.

Authorities say both men died of multiple blunt force trauma.

The men had jumped at Sky's the Limit Skydiving at the Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport, about 70 miles north of Philadelphia.

The company had no comment Monday.

However, its Facebook page included a posting that said goodbye to two "beautiful gentlemen, who Sky's the Limit had the pleasure of knowing for many many years and were honored to be a part of their family."

The posting said, "Our prayers and thoughts are with both families ... we will miss you very much."